Metro Access is a community building program working in partnership with the community to increase inclusion and participation of people with disabilities in the life of their local community.
Metro Access is a partnership initiative between Councils and the Victorian Government and will work to compliment Disability Access and Inclusion Strategy.
Why do we need MetroAccess?
Over the past two decades, government policy has focused on supporting people with a disability to participate more in community life. However, despite a stronger presence in the community, the extent to which people with disabilities are valued as active members of their community is varied.
As the support provided to people with a disability continues to become more self-directed and flexible, local communities need to be supported to become more welcoming and inclusive.
How does MetroAccess work?
MetroAccess assists the community to include people with a disability and their families and carers by:
- Helping people and organisations work together more effectively.
- Improving community understanding about the needs and aspirations of people with a disability.
- Developing and implementing responses to community priorities.
- Ensuring that the needs of people with a disability are the focus of community planning.
- Supporting people with a disability to live the sort of life they choose.
- Developing easy ways for people to access the information they need about services, community activities and issues.
MetroAccess brings together the strengths, resources and creativity of individuals, communities and government to work in partnership to build long-term, sustainable change. The aspirations and opportunities that exist within each local community provide the driver for the work of MetroAccess.
For further information contact the Metro Access Officer on 1300 023 411.